MIAMI — Maybe Monday’s loss to Grove came at a good time for the Miami Lady Wardogs.

They fell victim to Grove 12-2 Monday, Aug. 15, in a game that saw the Lady Ridgerunners break open a contest late.

They were up 2-0 on Claremore Sequoyah the next day before rain forced a suspension in play in the fourth inning.

Then Friday, Aug. 18, the Lady Wardogs coasted to an 8-1 victory over Jay at Turner Field.

“Grove gave us a great evaluation as to where we are at and what it is going to take to beat good teams,” Miami coach Lauren Strack said. “We have to pitch well and play defense as well for seven innings while minimizing potential big innings.

“I think if we continue to do that, it would have been a great game at the end. Good teams capitalize on mistakes and that is what Grove did to us after the sixth.”

It was the Lady Wardogs who put the big inning to good use.

They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and added a run in the third.

Miami took charge by scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Jordan Quapaw, a passed ball, a bunt single by Jordan Davis and an error.

That came after Jay had scored its only run in the game.

The Lady Wardogs pushed across a final run in the sixth.

Rebecca Bell headed up a 10-hit Miami attack with three singles. Winning pitcher Abby Ishmael had a double and single and Davis chipped in with two singles.

Phoenix Burrow, Alexa Payne and Quapaw each added a hit.

“We played well,” Strack said. “I feel like it about minimizing those one or two innings in high school.”

The Lady Bulldogs had four hits off Ishmael, who struck out six, walked none and hit one batter.

“Our kids did get to see that we are with those teams now and are going to compete at a high level,” Strack said. “So I think it was a good game and gave us a good perspective on what we can be when we play well.”